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Internet Archive Table Top Scribe

Create content locally, share knowledge globally!

Have your high value content discovered and used in a global eLending library, after first capturing it with precision hardware and field-proven processing software.

Start here:

Front view


End here, safely and quickly, with beautiful on-line digital copies of your content:

Flip book



Join our global library, and give your content the digital platform and viewing community it deserves.

Inside view


"Digitization through Internet Archive and Open Library has been helping us expand the reach of your collections and make them more accessible to our patrons, particularly to those with print disabilities."
Matt Rummele, American Printing House for the Blind


By using the Table Top Scribe System, you will benefit from:


  • A long term digitally "future-proofed" safe location for your content on the web.
  • Worry-free, safe and non-destructive digitization for both your bound items in our carefully engineered V-cradle Table Top Scribe and for your flat or archival items - including maps, photo's diaries or journals - on our large image capture system that may be added to our sturdy Table Top Scribe hardware shooting platform.
  • Imagine, not just search, but scholarly search, discovery, and for non-handwritten item, full text search of your content.
  • Simple and low tech connectivity - No special interconnection required, just standard wifi.
  • Easy-to-assemble and very portable digitization equipment- 10 minutes to put assembly, and 10 minutes to train. Almost as easy as setting up an HP printer.
  • We blend technology with the human eye - Our trained staff performs both an algorithmic and human review of each image if you so desire. Includes: cropping, incorporating structural meta data, and quality check of your images.
  • No extra cost for color - Both black and white and full color images are generated.
  • And don't forget - we have extensive experience with other forms of born digital and non-born digital media (CDs, LPs, Video, Moving images, Microfiche and Microfilm, etc.

Technical view


Who We Are
Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive is one of the world’s largest public digital libraries, with an extensive collection of human culture: 2 million books, 430 billion Web pages, 3 million hours of television and more. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
By becoming a part of the Internet Archive global community, you will join over 1,250 contributing libraries and institutions (including Library of Congress, Harvard University, University of Toronto, University of California, and the Wellcome Trust) who are uploading content on a massive scale. The Internet Archive consistently ranks within the top 200 websites in the world, generating 30 million downloads per month of public domain items.

Join us, create content locally, and share knowledge globally!

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Please click here for costing information.

To see an example of the beautiful and informative collection pages that will be created for your digital items, please click here.

For further information, please contact Robert Miller, General Manager of Digital Libraries (robert@archive.org) or Gemma Waterston Batson, Brand Manager (gemma@archive.org).
Before we close, we want to recognize the early work of Daniel Reetz and the DIY community. They saw a need for a DIY image capture device and developed a working prototype offered under an OpenHardwareDesign license - CC-BY-SA[2]. You may find information about that here - http://www.diybookscanner.org

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How we have deployed the Tabletop Scribes in Euston, London.
Topics: TT Scribe, Euston, Wellcome Library, Scan Center